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Patriots rookie tight end Dalton Keene Twitter-taunted FS1's Skip Bayless after his latest hot take.

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

All you need to know about Skip Bayless is how aggressively he is pro-Tom Brady and anti-LeBron James. He knows what is going to piss off the majority of fans. So now he’s on to trolling Patriots fans, and I’m here to #GiveHimAPlatform for lord knows what reason.

The reason is because this unabashed Patriots fan is firmly on the side of the way Patriots rookie tight end Dalton Keene Twitter-taunted Bayless on Tuesday, after his latest blatantly disrespectful take on a kid who hasn’t played a snap in the NFL yet.

There’s a difference between admitting your ignorance on a topic and deliberately choosing to be ignorant. Bayless is the latter. It’s why he’s the most infamous troll in sports media. The guy is amazing at saying things that are so obtuse that everyone agrees that he’s just spewing sludge – but gives him attention anyway. In a way, Bayless might be the only thing that can bring America together.

Just watch this clip of Bayless on FS1’s Undisputed, via @Star_HD, who voiced his support for Keene and fellow Pats rookie Devin Asiasi. And marvel at Bayless’ confidence in being an asshole for no reason.

Oct 5, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Dalton Keene (29) carries the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots rookie tight end Dalton Keene Twitter-taunted Skip Bayless earlier this week. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

“They took two [tight ends] in the third round, and you can’t name them because nobody knew them in college football. Are they ‘diamonds in the rough?'” Bayless bloviates.

Co-host Shannon Sharpe retorts with “That’s what coach Belichick does, he finds those guys,” to which Bayless replies: “So one of those guys is just gonna rise and shine and become the next Rob Gronkowski, or even the next Greg Olsen? Uh, stop it. No. Not going to happen.”

Keene seems ready to prove people like Bayless wrong. He quote-tweeted the video with simply: “Keep it coming…”

Bayless has an easy road to criticizing Bill Belichick’s drafting: look at how the first two rounds have turned out in recent years. But the third round? Later rounds? Undrafted free agency? Belichick has killed it in those areas.

The obtuse nature of Bayless’ shtick is so obvious at this point. Just ignores the success of players like Julian Edelman, Malcolm Butler, Brandon Bolden, David Andrews, Nate Ebner, J.C. Jackson. Not to mention quality third- and fourth-round picks like Joe Thuney, Trey Flowers, James White, Shaq Mason, Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan.

Better focus on the bad. That’s what guys like Bayless do. But I’m more of a glass-half-full kind of guy and won’t apologize for that. So while I am going to go whip myself after publishing this for giving Bayless attention, I really mean to show solidarity with Keene and Asiasi. Like any reasonable human, I’ll give them a chance to prove themselves before flippantly burying them on national TV.

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